/Minnesota Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders dies

Minnesota Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders dies

Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations and coach Flip Saunders has died at the age of 60, the team announced on Sunday.

Saunders, whose coaching career spanned four decades and included head coaching stints with the Timberwolves (twice), the Detroit Pistons, and the Washington Wizards, had been diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma in June. But other than the early September announcement that he would take a leave of absence, the updates regarding his condition had been in short supply while assistant coach Sam Mitchell took over the team.

In a live chat on Oct. 1, however, Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star Tribune provided the kind of clarity that, sadly, was a foreshadowing of the tragedy to come.

“There’s no question things have changed dramatically since the team announced his diagnosis in August, back when it quoted his doctors saying the cancer was very treatable and curable,” the longtime Timberwolves beat writer wrote. “Since then there have been changes to the way his body handled the chemotherapy (and…

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